Trench Rescue Awareness / Operations

This 30-hour program meets and exceeds the knowledge, skills and abilities requirement of the NFPA 1006 standard.

Course Content:
Awareness Level

  • Recognize the need for trench and excavation rescue
  • Identify the resources necessary to conduct safe and effective trench and excavation emergency operations
  • Initiate the emergency response system for trenches and excavations
  • Initiating site control and scene management
  • Recognize general hazards associated with trench and excavation emergency incidents and the procedures necessary to mitigate these hazards within the general rescue area and recognizing the unique hazards associated with the weight of soil and its associated entrapping characteristics
  • Recognize typical trench and excavation collapse patterns, the reasons trenches and excavations collapse, and the potential for secondary collapse
  • Initiate a rapid, non-entry extrication of non-injured or minimally injured victim(s)

Operations Level

  • Conduct a size-up of a collapsed trench
  • Implement a trench emergency action plan
  • Implement support operations at trench emergencies
  • Support a non-intersecting straight wall trench of 8 ft or less
  • Release a victim from soil entrapment by components of a nonintersecting collapsed trench of 2.4 m (8 ft) or less in depth
  • Remove a victim from a trench
  • Disassemble support systems (sheeting/shoring) at a trench emergency incident

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For more information, or to schedule a trench rescue program for your department, please contact:
Aaron Osburn at